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Western Australia – Outbound to D9660

11 May 2023 - 31 May 2023

The Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to experience other cultures first-hand, by participating in reciprocal visits with Rotarians from other countries and their families. The aim of the friendship exchange is to advance international understanding and peace through personal contact across borders as well as develop inter-club relationships for fellowship and service projects. RFE offers Rotarians the opportunity to make long-lasting friendships.

You will get to see and experience different cultures and traditions like no one else but a privileged Rotarian. Rotarians may take you to places not always known by the general tourist! Dates and towns are 100% final. You are home hosted. This means no Bed and Breakfast expenses, except if by pre-arrangement you agree to an additional excursion that includes accommodation not provided by Rotarians. Meals are provided with the compliments of your hosts.

This year, the Friendship Exchange coincides with the 2023 Rotary Convention in Melbourne, Australia.

The itinerary contemplated for the D9400 outbound trip to D9660 in the North Western region of New South Wales in Australia during May 2023 is shown below and the total trip airfare cost is around R23 900 (Approx R35 000 all-inclusive). Here are the places of interest to visit or things to do that may form part of the program: –

Depart Thursday 11th May OR Tambo to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

Day 1 Arrive Tamworth Friday 12th May for [2 nights] Tamworth is a 1-hour plane flight from Sydney. Tamworth hosts the second-largest country music event in the world after Nashville, USA and boasts the Big Golden Guitar. Tamworth Marsupial Park, the Tamworth Botanical Gardens and a Regional Playground provides recreation while the Power Station Museum marks the centenary of Tamworth becoming the first Australian town in to use electric streetlights. The Municipal Electric Showroom building presents a huge collection of 20th-century electric household appliances.

Day 3 Tamworth to Narrabri Sunday 14th May for [3 nights] Narrabri is a 2-hour drive northwest of Tamworth. The Australia Telescope National Facility with its array of six 22-m antennas about 25 km west is used for radio astronomy. The Yarrie Lake and Pilliga Hot Artesian Bore Baths are popular recreational spots.

Day 6 Narrabri to Walcha Wednesday 17th May for [2 nights] Walcha is a 3-hour drive, southeast of Narrabri. Walcha Pioneer Cottage and Museum complex -consists of historical buildings dating back to the 1860s while natural beauty is evident at Budds Mare Lookout overlooking the World Heritage-listed rainforest and Apsley River as well as Nowendoc National Park.

Day 8 Walcha to Gloucester Friday 19th May for [2 nights] Gloucester is a 1,5-hour drive, south of Walcha. Hidden Treasure picnic area, Gloucester River and Camp Cobark have pristine rivers with panoramic views and wildlife sightings while Roadies Café provides great food and coffee as well as fast and friendly service.

Day 10 Gloucester to Port Macquarie Sunday 21st May [for 3 nights] Port Macquarie is a 1,5-hour drive, northeast of Gloucester. Billabong Zoo Koala & Wildlife Park and Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory focus on science related topics while you can enjoy beers made on site at the Black Duck brewery in Port Macquarie.

Day 13 Port Macquarie to Dorrigo Wednesday 24th May for [2 nights] Dorrigo is a 2-hour drive, north of Port Macquarie. A historic focus is provided by the Pioneer Memorial Log in Coronation Park and the Dorrigo War Memorial honouring those lost in WW1 in Waterfall Way at Hickory Street, outside Dorrigo Hotel while Dangar Falls has beautiful views.

Day 15 Dorrigo to Coffs Harbour airport. Flight to Sydney/Melbourne. Friday 26th May Coffs harbour is a 1-hour drive, east of Dorrigo

The RI Convention commences in Melbourne from Saturday 27th to 31st May 2023. You must register and book your accommodation in Melbourne as soon as possible, if you have not done so already. The return flight to South Africa departs from Melbourne via Sydney on Wednesday 31st May and arrives at OR Tambo at 15h40 on the same day.

If you are interested, please contact Felicity Jones at to get more details. Hurry, hurry! Time is running out!

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